Call for Participants: Global Cultural Leadership Programme 2016 – Malta (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: August 7th 2016 at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.

The Global Cultural Leadership Programme is a programme designed to develop and strengthen cultural leadership skills of young practitioners emerging on the international scene. Through its framework, content and methodology, the Global Cultural Leadership Programme specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers as well as develop collaborative peer-to-peer learning and networking building. This will enable participants to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices.

The programme offers a set of learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving the participants opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level and within the EU.

In March 2016, a new Cultural Diplomacy Platform was launched to support the European Commission with the implementation of a new ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’. This Platform aims to carry out activities in order to enhance the EU’s cultural engagement with third countries and their citizens. BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, British Council, EUNIC Global, European Cultural Foundation and Institut français have formed a consortium, led by Goethe-Institut, to support the implementation of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.

This new European Cultural Diplomacy Platform aims to promote cultural engagement and cooperation between Europeans and citizens from countries all around the world. Its activities will, inter alia, address the managerial practicalities of establishing sustainable cultural exchanges, build long-term collaboration based on people-to-people contacts, and engage in productive co-creation processes. To that end, the Platform includes a training component: a Global Cultural Leadership Programme that will support young cultural managers from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU,1 as well as from EU Member States, developing and strengthening their cultural leadership skills.

Participatory group discussions and educational workshops will explore a variety of current challenges and opportunities, and provide knowledge and working approaches into:

  • The purposes, values and principles of international networking,
  • Ways of achieving successful cooperation projects across border and cultures,
  • How to identify new trends in international cultural management ,
  • Strengthening intercultural management skills and developing leadership on a global scale,
  • Improving soft skills for collaborating with peers in different social and cultural environments,
  • Learning how to take risks and embrace uncertainty when collaborating with new partners,
  • Develop practical communication and management skills on topics that enable young cultural managers to become new players of practice- and reflection-based diplomacy,
  • Perfect organisational strategies to develop leadership in and through international work etc.


The 40 participants of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally.
For the first edition of the programme, the European Cultural Diplomacy Platform will look specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers who fill in the criteria below:

Geographical criteria:

  • are nationals of (and are working for organisations in) Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea or the USA
    (a maximum of three participants from each of these ten countries will be selected),
  • are nationals of (and are working for organisations in) the 28 EU member states
    (a maximum of ten EU participants in total will be selected, one per EU country)

Professional experience:

  • work for a cultural civil society organisation (NGO), a cultural enterprise (social or for profit-making) or a public cultural institution (such as museums, libraries, or music venues that operate on local, regional and national levels)
  • have (some) previous experience in international networking and cultural exchange and have relevant working experience in the field of 3 to 5 years
  • are working in a field or position that allows them to act as local/national multipliers of new leadership knowledge and global cultural networking
  • hold a relevant (leading) position in their organisation.

Thematic interest:

  • are strongly interested in international cultural collaboration and wish to further develop professionally in a global working context
  • show a strong awareness of intercultural sensitivities and are passionate about working on cultural issues and topics of global relevance.

Language criteria and age requirements:

  • have a very good working knowledge of English
  • are (preferably) 25 – 39 years of age


  • The first cultural leadership programme will be realised in cooperation with IFACCA – the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. It will take place in Valletta, Malta from October 16 – 21 and – in order to create thematic synergies with a global outreach – will be organised in parallel to IFACCA’s 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture that will also focus on Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century and participants will attend selected sessions.


  • All travel and accommodation costs for participants of the Global Learning Programme will be covered by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.

Application Procedure:


  • Candidates who wish to be considered for participation in the first edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme shall submit in one file the following:
    -up-to-date CV (not more than two A4 pages and using the attached format)
    -expression of interest (not more than 500 words) setting out their motivation to participate.
  • Expression of interest should outline what participants can bring to the learning group for sharing with their peers during the training. They should also state what they intend to take away, from the training, to their own working realities back home.
  • project description: in addition, candidates should provide a description of an ongoing or prospective cultural project (not more than 1000 words, pictures and media support are also accepted) that is being implemented/ is to be implemented in the near future. Candidates should specify the following:
  • Background and context
  • Strategic and specific goals
  • Main activities
  • Expected results and impact
  • Individual implication


  • Candidates will be selected by the project team of the European Cultural Diplomacy Platform and the 5 experts/tutors who will deliver the programme.
  • Selected candidates (30 from the ten strategic countries, 10 from the EU) will be informed about their participation by August 20, 2016.
  • The project team shall take care of all travel preparations (including visas) and bookings, in direct contact with all 40 selected participants.


  • Applications (preferably in pdf format) and inquiries shall be sent by e-mail to [email protected] .
  • The deadline for submitting applications is August 1st at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme 2016


  1. Dear organizing committee,

    I really interest the program contents, thematic and approaches of engaging the young practitioners for The Leadership Developmrnt. I am not the citizen of any European Countries, I from Cambodia the developing country with number of challenging issue on leadership, politics and the interesting of historical background of the country.

    I hope and wish for chance to participate in the program to learn and share from other participants in order to develop my leadership competencies and build network across the globe which really important for me to utiliz all these knowledge and skill to develop my home country and/or community.

    Are any possibility for me to apply to get sponsor for participation in this program or not?

    I am looking forwards to hear from you.

    Best regards,

  2. hi guys thanks for these chances you offering and I am very excited to have such like these opportunities and I would so glad if I got select .
    hope all the best for all of you.

  3. Hi,

    My name is Evie and I have a Cultural online platform as well as host a Cultural TV show. I am from Kenya, I will apply and hope you may like what I’ve got, it would still be great to just know the committee knows there’s some like me out here… Looking forward!



  4. Dear HR : hop you doing well and healthy so I am MD Doctor that I have graduated from Kabul Medical University
    Si I would like to participate in such an important program so please give me a chance to be a part of yours.

  5. My name is Fida Mohammad i did master in social work
    i m co chair of EVAW/G ALLIENCE KP FATA PAKISTAN I am intrested to ba a part of this activity.

  6. the selection criteria is very bias in its nature, by the way it is stipulated, the most disadvantage countries that needs those kind of Skills are not considered ,

  7. Graduated from Islamic university of Gaza – Palestine
    As a business administrator from faculty of commerce
    And I am interested

  8. Accept greetings from the GREEN AND BETTER WORLD, We will like to participate in your programme . we are appealing requesting for you to give us a chance.
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  9. Hi my name is Mampeo Ntsitsi and I’m a youth coordinator in maquassi hills local municipality and I’m interested to participate in your programme my contact details are 0717469107

  10. Hi my name is Mampeo Ntsitsi and I’m interested and I would like to participate in your programme thank you in advance

  11. Hi iamezatullah iam graduated from law and political science and i work as legal advisor with a company iam interested to participate in this program

  12. my name is Daniel and i am from Nigeria,i have done related project of this type and graduated from Nigeria institute of management but my area of study is microbiology for my first degree and i an currently studying microbiological and biochemical pharmacy for my masters degree and i am interested in the programs,these my course of study matters or should i apply.thanks and i am looking forward to get your reply thanks.

  13. Are you a young cultural practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills in an international working context? Then the Global Cultural Leadership Programme is designed for you.


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